Thursday, August 21, 2014

eden girl: month 2





 Some of my favorite moments with eden girl during her second month.



Thursday, August 7, 2014

day trip to ludington, michigan





A couple weekends ago we decided to pack up the car and take a day trip to the Lake Michigan shoreline. We thought it would be fun to spend the day in Ludington. Seeing as we had yet to visit. We have a list, of michigan places to visit, you know.

Naturally, we spent a lot of our time exploring the beautiful beach there. And of course, we had to walk the pier in order to get the lighthouse at the end. If you ever get a chance to visit, you can pay a small fee and climb to the top for a better view. Personally, I am little claustrophobic....so I passed on that opportunity.

The town has a lot of quaint architecture. And that is one thing that we really enjoy about exploring new cities and towns. Just walking around and taking in all the buildings. I actually would rather do that than a lot of planned activities when we visit new places.
So, make sure to wander around downtown and along the streets if you enjoy that kind of thing too.

We ate at a cute little place downtown called The Blu Moon. And I ordered a BLT. Normally, this would be a pretty boring choice. I agree. But, this was a BLT upgrade. We are talking unique flavors that really made it the best BLT I have ever had. So, there's that.

We ended the day with a walk down by the marina. It opens up to some beautiful park areas.
A really lovely place to watch the sun set on another michigan summer day.

It was a pleasure to finally visit, Ludington.










Tuesday, July 29, 2014

eden girl's nursery





I wanted to share some pictures of eden girl's nursery.
What a labor of love.
With baby girl's unexpected early arrival, things were definitely not finished until after she was here.
I have a personality that leans a lot towards order and organization. So, this was definitely an area of growth for me.
Seeing as we are still renting, there are some things that cannot be done in her little space.
Regardless, I feel like a lot of the stuff in her room has a meaning. A story behind it. And has been used to some degree by women that were once little girls before her. A little legacy of sorts.

From top to bottom:

1// these little tassles came from her first baby shower. my mommy made them.

2// this little lamp was my mother's when she was a little girl and then mine and now eden's.

3// we ordered this little hamper from the land of nod. i love it so much I have often wanted to use it in our laundry room. don't tell eden.

4// her curtains are nate berkus for target. and one of the last things to be added.

5// bless the Lord print is from the naptime diaries shop. i love love their prints. and have quite a few spread throughout our home. this one is very special to me and i love it in her nursery.

6// little books that were gifts from my parents and my brother. my brother bought her a special "aesthetically pleasing" set of books for Christmas. these are so special to me. and i know she is going to love reading them knowing they came from her uncle stephen.

7// the little lamb figurine belonged to my mother when she was a little girl. and the change cube was mine when I was a wee one.

8// we ordered our crib from amazon and is a babyletto. we love the functionality and that it can grow with her.

9// lovely hand made blankets from sweet friends.

10// i found this dresser at a garage sale for 30 dollars. my father in law put in the time to paint it the color of our choice and we purchased new knobs....and there it is.

11// some of the prints on the wall are cards from rifle paper co. shelving is from ikea.

12// the little rabbit figurines were my favorite things in my room as a little girl. the "eden" poster was made for her and hanging on her incubator and then crib in the nicu.

13// some special books that she received as gifts. and a fuzzy rug to roll around on (from ikea).



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

eden girl: month 1






 Some of my favorite pictures from Eden girl's first month. 
 We love her so.







Sunday, July 20, 2014

an ode to the michigan summer






I was just telling erick the other night that I feel like this summer is different. Mind you, having a baby is probably the most different thing about this summer. And the best thing. I love watching my Eden girl experience michigan summers even now at just 3 1/2 months old.
I am sure that will be one of my favorite things to continue to watch her experience as she grows.

I am not sure how other people do summer in other states. I'm not sure if there is as much fan-fair when summer arrives in warmer climates.
But, in Michigan, we take summer seriously.
We do spend a lot of our time experiencing snow and rain (in the spring) and cold and more snow.
When those summer days appear out of no where (and michigan summers do appear out of no where) it's like a much awaited party.

And there are fond memories all tucked into those warmer and sunnier days.

summer in the mitten is:
longer days that roll into longer nights.
the faint smell of campfire smoke in the air. it wafts through the countryside and hangs low. and welcomes you in.

it's long evening drives that start out with a plan and end up lacking a plan.
a cd filled with meticulously composed songs. like clockwork every season. courtesy of your brother.
it's thoughtful and thoughtless discussions on a deck that is weathered and cracking in all the right places.

summer in the mitten is:
walking down driveways on dusty dirt roads trying to see all the constellations. all the bright lights of the deep and dark (sometimes midnight blue) sky.
it's trips to Lake Michigan. however we can get there. for however long.

summer in the mitten is:
exploring and hiking and getting lost because some of the greatest places in this state don't show up on a gps.
it's mint chocolate chip ice cream and fountain pops in foam cups.
s'mores in the middle of a driveway in the middle of a city.
it's bombing around in a car called "mable" listening to music so loud you can't hear. windows rolled down because the AC is out. and has been for quite sometime. but your brother is with you, so it is the best of times.

summer in the mitten is:
running around with a dog all fluffy and golden chasing a soccer ball through grass.
birds greeting you in sun splitting mornings and saying goodbye to you in the hazy evenings.
it's biking farther than you knew you could and longer than you know you should.
it's taking on downtowns in quaint towns that become busier in a few months than they are all year.
sand dunes. upon sand dunes. upon some more sand dunes. and in a moment of glory, believing that you can really climb them all.

summer in the mitten is home.
for a short time.
and a moment.


some of the mitten places pictured:

Mt. Pisgah Dune Boardwalk

Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore)

Grass River Natural Area

Holland, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes






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